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Turkey giveaways, Thanksgiving meals on tap for the needy [Updated]

November 23, 2010 |  8:32 am

Turkey Several Los Angeles-area turkey giveaways are planned this week for families in need. Here are a couple:

  • South Los Angeles: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other notables will be at Jackson Limousine Service to give out turkey dinners with all the trimmings to some 10,000 people in one of Southern California's largest giveaways. 3669 West Slauson Ave. (between West Boulevard and Deane Avenue) in Los Angeles. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday.
  • Boyle Heights: The Salesian Boys and Girls Clubs of Los Angeles will be giving away turkey and food baskets to needy families Wednesday at the Salesian Family Youth Center at 2228 E. 4th St. You must be a resident of Los Angeles and register by Tuesday. Call (323) 263-7519 for more information.

In need of a meal but not up to cooking the bird yourself? A number of free feasts are offered around town:

  • Skid Row: The Fred Jordan Mission will be cooking 2,400 Thanksgiving meals and giving away sweatshirts and socks to the homeless and needy Thursday at 445 Towne Ave. [For the record,  2:21 p.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated the event was to be held Wednesday and that the mission would be giving away 2,000 meals and handing out shoes.]
  •  Hollywood: Struggling actors, comics and writers are invited to the Laugh Factory for its 32nd annual free Thanksgiving dinner. The comedy club will serve 2,000 free meals on Thanksgiving Day from 1 p.m to 7 p.m. at 8001 Sunset Blvd.

-- Tony Barboza

Photo: People line up in South Los Angeles Tuesday morning, hoping to receive a free turkey dinner during the 23rd annual Jackson Limousine Service Turkey Dinner Giveaway. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times